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Sennheiser’s latest audiophile headphones will coddle your ears


Sennheiser’s latest audiophile headphones will coddle your ears


The Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones


I just like the Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones lots. They sound clear, they’re extraordinarily snug and as high-end headphones go they’re fairly inexpensive at $500, £430, AU$799. The HD 660 S mannequin appears like a close to twin of Sennheiser’s older, and nonetheless obtainable, HD 600 and HD 650 headphones, however the HD 660 S’ driver is totally different; it is extra much like the HD 700’s driver. Sennheiser is not breaking new floor right here, it simply retains refining the method.

The HD 660 S open-back headphones will not do a factor to hush exterior noise, however they’re considerably lighter than the typical over-the-ear design, weighing 9.7 ounces (260 grams), and though they’re high-impedance (150-ohm), Sennheiser claims the HD 660 S might be loved with moveable gadgets and smartphones. 

A closeup of the Sennheiser HD 660 S earcup.


The headphones include two 9-foot-long cables, one terminating in a normal 6.3mm stereo plug (a three.5mm adapter can be included), and the opposite with Sony’s newly developed four.four mm Pentaconn balanced stereo plug.

Construct high quality feels sturdy, and the HD 660 S comes with a two-year guarantee, double the size of protection you get with most headphones.  

The sound is remarkably open and clear, that is what you hear from the get-go. I spent a great deal of time listening to motion pictures with the HD 660 S, they usually actually are the form of headphones that “disappear” as soon as I am engrossed in a narrative. Their unusually spacious soundstage will get a number of the credit score for that, and the sound is low in distortion, which helps cut back listener fatigue because the hours roll by. Additionally noteworthy is that I can comfortably put on my glasses on the similar time, and that is not often the case with most on- or over-the-ear headphones.

Lucinda Williams’ good new remake of her “Candy Previous World” album places her voice up entrance, and her voice, with much more miles on it than when she made this report again in 1992 solely makes the music extra heartfelt. She’s actually singing from a unique place, tempos are slower and the HD 660 S made the connection between Williams and me stronger.

Grizzly Bear’s “Veckatimest” album’s sound made me smile. The massed vocals, acoustic guitars and drums had been all set in a deeply reverberant soundfield on my Astell & Kern Kann moveable music participant, and the end result was flat-out attractive. The throbbing bass drums had terrific influence and energy. Switching over to a set of Audeze EL-Eight ($699, £599, AU$999) open-back headphones the sound was much more clear and dynamic, however the imaging was extra inside my cranium and I missed the HD 660 S’ richer tonal stability.

Listening at dwelling with a Schiit Lyr 2 headphone amp, the HD 660 S and EL-Eight each sounded lots higher in each manner than they did with the Kann, however the sound variations remained: The EL-Eight was undoubtedly clearer, the HD 660 S was hotter and extra relaxed. Hitting the Alabama Shakes “Boys & Women” tunes arduous with the HD 660 S was so satisfying, it was a complete pleasure.

Sadly, I did not have HD 600 or HD 650 headphones available for comparisons, however there is a HD 700 in my assortment. That one’s sound hews nearer to the EL-Eight, which is to say the HD 700 can be clearer than the HD 660 S. However I most well-liked the HD 660 S’ higher balanced midrange, so voices sounded extra pure with the HD 660 S than they did on the HD 700.

Plugging the HD 660 S into my iPhone 6S the sound was respectable sufficient, and Trombone Shorty’s new funked-up “Parking Lot Symphony” album performed loud sufficient, however dynamic punch was missing. So sure, the HD 660 S is usable with moveable gadgets, however to listen to this headphone at its greatest use it at dwelling or with high-quality moveable gamers.

The Sennheiser HD 660 S is a charmer, it is the form of headphone you sit up for spending time with if you get dwelling.

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